History Film / TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossThe8thDimension

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23rd Jun '16 3:35:12 PM Mdumas43073
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''The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The Eighth Dimension'' (1984) is a film written by Earl Mac Rauch and directed by W.D. Richter that is one part B-Movie, one part ActionAdventure, one part comedy, and one part political satire.

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''The Adventures Of of Buckaroo Banzai Across The the Eighth Dimension'' (1984) is a 1984 film written by Earl Mac Rauch and directed by W.D. Richter that is one part B-Movie, BMovie, one part ActionAdventure, one part comedy, and one part political satire.
23rd Jun '16 8:57:29 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* ButNotTooForeign: Buckaroo is half-Japanese, half-American, though he's played by a fully white man. His heritage is occasionally referenced through costuming, such as wearing a headband during his test flight and meditating in a samurai outfit.

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* ButNotTooForeign: Buckaroo is half-Japanese, half-American, though he's played by a fully white man. His heritage is occasionally referenced through costuming, such as wearing a headband during his test flight and meditating in a samurai outfit.
23rd Jun '16 8:56:54 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* CurtainCall: During the end credits, Buckaroo and all of the heroic characters assemble in a dry urban aqueduct to march together while synth music thumps to the rhythm of their steps.
23rd Jun '16 8:32:31 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* AcidTripDimension: See also HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace and ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs.

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* AcidTripDimension: See also HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace and ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs.Buckaroo's trip through the 8th dimension.



* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Banzai isn't a Japanese surname. It's a part of the famous Japanese "banzai charges" during World War 2, in which Japanese soldiers would shout "''Tenno Heika Banzai!''" which roughly means "Long live His Majesty, the Emperor!"



* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:Penny Priddy, thanks to John Emdall. This may not be a first for her, either -- the novelization ends on the unsettling suggestion that Penny may in fact be a mindwiped ''Peggy'' -- Buckaroo's first wife, supposedly Penny's twin sister, who was killed via poison by agents of Hanoi Xan long before the opening of the story.]]
* BackupTwin: If the film was actually part of an ongoing series the way the supporting material makes it out to be, Penny would be a classic example.
* BakerStreetRegular: Averted. The Blue Blaze Irregulars are not all kids, they're not all urchins or orphans, and there is (according to the book, anyway) a training program, required progress in education, and other requirements.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: Orson Welles' ''Radio/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' Broadcast? Not so much a fake, as him trying to flush out the ''actual'' alien invaders.

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* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:Penny Priddy, thanks to John Emdall. This may not be a first for her, either -- the novelization ends on the unsettling suggestion that
* BackupTwin:
Penny may in fact be a mindwiped ''Peggy'' -- is suspected of being Buckaroo's first wife, supposedly Penny's twin sister, who was killed via poison by agents of Hanoi Xan long before the opening of the story.]]
* BackupTwin: If the film was actually part of an ongoing series the way the supporting material makes it out to be, Penny would be
late wife's identical twin. He develops a classic example.
* BakerStreetRegular: Averted. The Blue Blaze Irregulars are not all kids, they're not all urchins or orphans, and there is (according to the book, anyway) a training program, required progress in education, and other requirements.
relationship with her as well.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: Orson Welles' ''Radio/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' Broadcast? Not so much Broadcast wasn't a fake, as him fake. He was trying to flush out the ''actual'' alien invaders.



* BowtiesAreCool: Buckaroo is rarely seen without one. Even more rarely is it actually ''tied''. Nevertheless, his outfit in the end credits sequence looks suspiciously similar to the much later TropeNamer.
* ButNotTooForeign: The half-Japanese, half-American titular Buckaroo.
* ChewingTheScenery: John Lithgow as Dr. Emilio Lizardo, driven mad by possession.

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* BowtiesAreCool: Buckaroo is rarely seen without one. Even more rarely is it actually ''tied''. Nevertheless, his outfit in the end credits sequence looks suspiciously similar to the much later TropeNamer.
Buckaroo's nerd-chic aesthetic often involves bowties.
* ButNotTooForeign: The Buckaroo is half-Japanese, half-American titular Buckaroo.
half-American, though he's played by a fully white man. His heritage is occasionally referenced through costuming, such as wearing a headband during his test flight and meditating in a samurai outfit.
* ChewingTheScenery: John Lithgow as Dr. Emilio Lizardo, driven mad Lord Whorfin, possessed by possession.a maniacal tyrant from the 8th dimension.



* CombatPragmatist: John Whorfin ''does'' shoot Bigbooté after one too many whines about the proper pronunciation of his name.



** Answer: [[spoiler:Experiment in making fruit sturdy enough to survive air-drop into failed states but still remaining edible. Abandoned once they realized that air-droppable watermelons couldn't be cut without industrial tools. Yes, seriously.]]
** Follow Up Answer: [[spoiler:Eggs are next.]]



* DamselInDistress: Penny Priddy, Peggy's twin sister and Buckaroo's new {{Love Interest|s}}.
* DeathIsDramatic: [[spoiler:Rawhide and Penny both.]] However, [[spoiler:Penny gets better at the end, and if the [[DVDBonusContent DVD's]] [[DVDCommentary special commentary]] [[UnreliableNarrator is to be believed]], Rawhide [[OnlyMostlyDead gets]] [[NotQuiteDead better]], [[DeathIsCheap too]].]]

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* DamselInDistress: Penny Priddy, Peggy's twin sister Priddy spends most of the film captive and Buckaroo's new {{Love Interest|s}}.
tormented by the villains.
* DeathIsDramatic: [[spoiler:Rawhide and Penny both.]] However, [[spoiler:Penny gets better at the end, and if the [[DVDBonusContent DVD's]] [[DVDCommentary special commentary]] [[UnreliableNarrator is to be believed]], Rawhide [[OnlyMostlyDead gets]] [[NotQuiteDead better]], [[DeathIsCheap too]].]]



** Red Lectroids are evil, Black Lectroids are good. This works in both their human and native appearances. Red Lectroids are disguised as "White" (i.e. of European descent) humans and Black Lectroids look, well, "Black" (i.e. of African descent). And Black Lectroids -- in either guise -- all speak with Jamaican accents.

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** Red Lectroids are evil, Black Lectroids are good. This works in both their human and native appearances. Red Lectroids are disguised as "White" (i.e. of European descent) humans and Black Lectroids look, well, "Black" (i.e. of African descent). And Black Lectroids -- in either guise -- all speak are black Rastafarians with Jamaican accents.accents.



* HeroStoleMyBike: Buckaroo takes advantage of an unattended motorcycle to pursue the Red Lectroids. In the novelization, the motorcycle has an attached sidecar and the operator gallantly offers to drive Buckaroo in pursuit... and succeeds in doing something that no one has ever managed: ''scaring Buckaroo Banzai''. Through the simple expedient of being highly intoxicated and driving very, very badly in heavy traffic.

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* HeroStoleMyBike: Buckaroo takes advantage of an unattended motorcycle to pursue the Red Lectroids. In the novelization, the motorcycle has an attached sidecar and the operator gallantly offers to drive Buckaroo in pursuit... and succeeds in doing something that no one has ever managed: ''scaring Buckaroo Banzai''. Through the simple expedient of being highly intoxicated and driving very, very badly in heavy traffic.The owner shouts at him until he recognizes Buckaroo.



-->'''John Bigbooté''': "It's 'Big-boo-tay!' Tay! Tay! Tay!" [Bang!]



* LargeHam
** John Lithgow as Lord John Whorfin.
** Everyone qualifies, but compared to Lithgow, they are merely ham sandwiches to his 8,000 lb side of pork.

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* LargeHam
**
LargeHam: John Lithgow gorges himself on scenery as Lord John Whorfin.
** Everyone qualifies, but compared to Lithgow, they are merely ham sandwiches to his 8,000 lb side of pork.
Whorfin. He admits as much in retrospective interviews.



* NeckSnap: Lord John Whorfin to the attendant he {{Neck Lift}}ed, and John Parker to a Red Lectroid.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Musician surgeon physicist commando adventurers!

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* NeckSnap: Lord John Whorfin to the attendant he {{Neck Lift}}ed, and John Parker to a miniature Red Lectroid.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Musician surgeon physicist commando adventurers!Musician-surgeon-physicist-commando-adventurers!



* OneSteveLimit: Hilariously averted. ALL the Lectroids are named John. It's the first major clue Team Banzai has that something's fishy at Yoyodyne.

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* OneSteveLimit: Hilariously averted. ALL the Lectroids are named John. It's the first second major clue Team Banzai has that something's fishy at Yoyodyne.



* ThemeNaming: all the Lectroids, Red or Black, are named John when their names are translated into Earth English. Even the females. As noted above, that's because "john" in Lectroid is not a name but something akin to an honorific like "Mister".

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* ThemeNaming: all the Lectroids, Red or Black, are named John when their names are translated into Earth English. Even the females. As noted above, that's because "john" in Lectroid is not a name but something akin to an honorific like "Mister".
30th May '16 8:32:46 PM CountMontoni
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More recently, the rights to the property have found themselves in the hands of a certain Creator/KevinSmith, who has announced plans to produce a Buckaroo Banzai television series, a lead-in from his stint working with ''Series/TheFlash''. Kevin Smith has stated that he will reboot the concept with the plot of the 1984 film functioning as the first season's story arc, leading to a projected second season based on the sequel-that-never-was, ''Buckaroo Banzai Against the World Crime League''.
30th May '16 8:27:41 AM DemonDuckofDoom
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* ArchEnemy: Hanoi Xan, leader of the World Crime League, is this to Buckaroo Bsnzai, despite never appearing on screen.
14th May '16 5:44:15 PM ErikModi
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--->'''John Whorfin''': History! Is a-made at a-night. Character! Is a-what you are in-a de dark! [[PuctuatedForEmphasis We must-a work! While the clock! She is a-ticking!]] [[NoInsideVoice WHERE ARE WE GOING?]]

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--->'''John Whorfin''': History! Is a-made at a-night. Character! Is a-what you are in-a de dark! [[PuctuatedForEmphasis [[PunctuatedForEmphasis We must-a work! While the clock! She is a-ticking!]] [[NoInsideVoice WHERE ARE WE GOING?]]
14th May '16 5:43:41 PM ErikModi
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* RousingSpeech: Delivered in glorious, [[LargeHam epically hammy]] style by Lord John Whorfin to the Red Lectroids as they prepare to enter the 8th dimension, free their trapped comrades, and seize control of Planet Ten.
--->'''John Whorfin''': History! Is a-made at a-night. Character! Is a-what you are in-a de dark! [[PuctuatedForEmphasis We must-a work! While the clock! She is a-ticking!]] [[NoInsideVoice WHERE ARE WE GOING?]]
--->'''Red Lectroids''': PLANET TEN!
--->'''Whorfin''': WHEN?
--->'''Red Lectroids''': REAL SOON!
14th May '16 5:35:09 PM ErikModi
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* ScienceHero: Buckaroo himself.

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* ScienceHero: Buckaroo himself. All the Hong Kong Cavaliers are implied to be this, though the only one shown doing any science in the film is New Jersey, who starts the film assisting Buckaroo with a complicated neurosurgical procedure, and Perfect Tommy, who hacks into Yoyodyne's employment records.
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